F1 » Pre-season boost as Hamilton beats Vettel

Lewis Hamilton returned to the Top Gear track with just one aim in mind.... beating Sebastian Vettel!

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cookie - Unregistered

February 18, 2013 3:49 PM

About what i would have expected really. after all he is a qualifying specialst and this is like a qually lap. Nobody is faster than Hamilton over a single lap

Martin yes Whitmarsh Ha - Unregistered

February 18, 2013 3:50 PM

Martin not Whitmarsh, Vettel would have achieved more in 6 years with McLaren than Hamilton has. Its hard for a top driver like Vettel to achieve as little as Hamilton in a team like McLaren, believe me. Hamilton has thrown the seasons 2010 and 2011 away for nothing. A more focussed driver like Vettel or Alonso even Kimi would have done a better job than 4. and 5. in Hamiltons position. Other drivers are thrown out of F1 after 2 years wasting a midfield drive, just look at recent cases,let alone a no1 drive in a top team, but its ok for Hamilton because of his marketability.

Hamilton is mentally weak and thats why he would not admit in a british TV show in front of his country men that McLaren was the fastest car last year. By the end of last year, Hamilton, Button, Whitmarsh and Sam Michael said they underachieved with what they believed to be the fastest car of 2013 ! And now he sings to the old tune of the unbeatable Red Bull ?

And yeah Top Gear should prove they have had the sam

Martin yes Whitmarsh Ha - Unregistered

February 18, 2013 3:52 PM

continued ......

And yeah Top Gear should prove they have had the same car, same preparation otherwise there is no credibility. Hamilton might have done over 50 laps with brand new tyres and always with minimum fuel for 1-2 timed laps and they just picked the best one ? How do we know its on a level playing field when all they show us are short clips ? Hamilton is obviously obsessed with beating Vettel, he would go along with any plan to beat him on a very intransparent TV Show. Not that this matters in the greater scheme of things. Most likely his 2008 drivers title was his first and last, there are too many competitors in WDC worthy cars now and with new guys like Hulkenberg emerging its not getting easier for F1 Grandpa Hamilton who is now part of the older 50 % of the grid.

Martin yes Whitmarsh Ha - Unregistered

February 18, 2013 4:08 PM

Actually with 28 years Hamilton is part of the oldest 1/3 of all drivers. Only Webber, Button, Kimi, Alonso and Massa are older. When his failed MercedesGP experiment will be over he will be 31 years old and with Webber and say Kimi and Massa out of F1 he will be, along with Alonso and Button, who will stick around for max 2 more years, the oldest driver. At best he will have to play the Trulli or Barrichello part for an up and coming shooting star then. At worst he will fulfill his destiny of mirroring Jaques Villeneuve career by offering his drive to bottom 3 teams for free without anyone wanting him. By that time Vettel will still be Ferraris no1 driver !

Sean - Unregistered

February 18, 2013 5:23 PM

Errr... Using this logic I suppose this would mean Grosjean as the ROC winner 2012 .... is now faster than Shammy et al? ... No? ... a weak arguement? ... well thats the same as this story then, isn't it? ...

I can't remember all this hype when Ruben's, Sebastian, Jenson etc done it, and to finsih, a Suzuki Liana is NOT an F1 car! ...

Pippi De Kok - Unregistered

February 18, 2013 6:19 PM

I hope Hamilton gets a kick from this little "victory" over Vettel, cause it's gonna have to last him an aweful long time. Vettel will destroy him in F1. Well so will a few others, but it seems Hamilton likes to compare himself with the #1 as it probably helps inflate his sizeable ego.

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